The satin look gives elegance to both pages and graphics, and is one of the easiest to learn how to make.

Within a few short steps you'll be able to make your own satin type effects. Follow me....

Open a new image with these dimensions: width="20" height="300". (Note: this is for a border edge; for using to colour text as above - use a smaller 100 x 100 image)

On your styles/colour palette click on the small black arrow, and wait for the little choice window to appear. You will see four selection choices - brush, gradient, pattern, none. Click on the gradient pattern (the coloured lines). You will see a gradient colour selection appear.

Click on the gradient itself and an edit box will appear. This box has eight little choice selections on it. The one we'll concentrate on here deals with 'Edit'. Click on that and yet another window appears. (Yep there're always heaps in this little program - isn't it fun *G*)

Now this is where your fun with gradients really happens! Click on 'New' (yes another little box) and type in the colour of the satin you want to create. (I've called mine 'blue satin' yeah I have a lot of imagination! LOL). Now hit 'OK', and you'll have a solid line of colour as in the diagram below, with two little bottles at either end.

(I've cropped the diagram to concentrate on one part of the box.)

Now we have to add three more little bottles below the line. Place your cursor on the solid line and you will see an eyedropper appear. Click on the line the click below it where your cursor changes back to an arrow - do this three times and you'll have five bottles.

Click on the first bottle, then the custom box and your colour choice palette will appear, (I chose the darkest blue = #BFC0E9), click 'OK'. Move to the next bottle and repeat the above step, choosing the second darkest blue (#000080). Follow this along until you have all five bottles coloured in stages darkest to lightest. As in the diagram below. You're almost there!!!

Click 'OK'.

To make the satin look, click on 'Repeat' and insert '1'. Then click on 'Angle' and insert '5'.

Flood fill the original image you created at the beginning of the tutorial. Your image will look good, but when you insert it into a page, you will see the separate colours emerge and become visible. You may even be able to detect them in the image here (<<<).

So, the blend them better - we use the 'Noise' effect. Go to 'Effects | Noise | Add | 4'. You won't really see a difference in the image but the colors will be defused slightly to give a softer look. (>>>)

Once you have the basics - the choices are endless.

Have fun!

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